Edward Lachman

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Edward Lachman
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Lachman in September 2009
Born (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 71)
OccupationCinematographer, director

Edward Lachman, A.S.C. (born March 31, 1948) is an American cinematographer and director. Lachman is mostly associated with the American independent film movement, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including Far from Heaven in 2002 and Carol in 2015, both of which earned Lachman Oscar nominations[1]), Ulrich Seidl, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schrader. His other work includes Werner Herzog's La Soufrière (1977), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides (1999), Robert Altman's last picture A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime (2009). He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

In 1989, Lachman co-directed a segment of the anthology film Imagining America.[2] In 2002, Lachman co-directed the controversial Ken Park with Larry Clark. In 2013, Lachman produced a series of videos in collaboration with French electronic duo Daft Punk, for the duo's album Random Access Memories.

Life and education[edit]

Lachman was born to a Jewish family[3] in Morristown, New Jersey, the son of Rosabel (Roth) and Edward Lachman, a movie theater distributor and owner.[4][5][6] He attended Harvard University and studied in France at the University of Tours before pursuing a BFA in painting at Ohio University.[5] Edward Lachman has a daughter, Bella Lachman, who lives in Amsterdam.

Selected credits[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
1977 La Soufrière Werner Herzog
Scalpel John Grissmer
1980 Lightning Over Water Wim Wenders
Nicholas Ray
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Susan Seidelman
Tokyo-Ga Wim Wenders Documentary
1986 True Stories David Byrne
1987 Less Than Zero Marek Kanievska
1992 Light Sleeper Paul Schrader
My New Gun Stacy Cochran
1997 Touch Paul Schrader
1999 The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola
The Limey Steven Soderbergh
2000 Erin Brockovich
2002 Far from Heaven Todd Haynes Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Robert Altman
2007 Import/Export Ulrich Seidl
I'm Not There Todd Haynes
2009 Life During Wartime Todd Solondz
2011 Mildred Pierce Todd Haynes TV Miniseries
2012 Paradise trilogy Ulrich Seidl
2015 Carol Todd Haynes Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2016 Weiner-Dog[7] Todd Solondz
2017 Wonderstruck Todd Haynes
TBA Dry Run


  1. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Michael Wilmington (June 7, 1989). "'Imagining America': Four Riffs on a Common Theme". The Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Times of Israel: "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016" by Nate Bloom February 25, 2016
  4. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/33/Edward-Lachman.html
  5. ^ a b Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers: Edward Lachman
  6. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1964/08/07/obituary-1-no-title.html
  7. ^ Erbland, Kate (January 25, 2016). "How I Shot That: Ed Lachman Overcomes the Usual Challenges to Lens the Audacious 'Wiener-Dog'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved April 17, 2016.

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